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3D Printing is one of those incredible technological break through that has trickled down to the home and small business user.
It is basically laying down thin layers of plastic and slowly building a three dimensional item. The item can take on just about any form. An exciting idea is that the item does not have to be solid, the internal structure of the item is also created. It is possible to have complex internal structures allowing the modelling of complex systems that can not be created any other way.
3D Printing Food, Helmets and More at CES 2014!
3D Print New Body Parts
Astounding uses of 3D Printing
Some of the uses of 3D printing are just mind blowing. The most incredible for me is the possibility of printing human organs such as the heart. Heart muscle can be laid down a layer at a time, the various chambers created along with the valves, arteries and veins. Science fiction come to life. Frankenstein got it wrong, so did the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Soon we could just print a new body!
More and more the medical profession is turning to this technology to create replacement parts. In the dental world it is use is on a steep rise. Imagine printing new teeth as you wait. Reducing the costs and time to deliver dramatically.
3D Scanner + 3D Printer = 3D Photostat
3D Scanner plus 3D Printer equals a 3D Photostat
With the addition of a 3D Scanner it will soon become possible to 'Photostat' stuff and not just images. Consider this as a future, you go online to Amazon, you see something you like and you purchase it. Amazon then delivers it to your home or office. However this time it is not via a courier service, nor by their new drone service, but electronically. They download the plan to your 3D printer and your purchase gets printed for you.
MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner
Beware of Expensive Mistakes
Although the cost of entry into this exciting world has dropped considerably it is still relatively high and making a mistake can be a costly exercise. There are certain printers that have had such bad reviews, the users experience has been shocking, with the after sales service be terrible to non-existent.
The cost of running the printer is also not small, these include the high energy usage to the rolls of plastic 'wire' that is melted to form the object.
Maintenance is the equipment is essential with the feeder getting blocked, the heating unit over cooking and various other problems.
This lens is here to guide you to the best decision for you. It is here to reduce the risk of a costly mistake due to a bad purchase
Another Hub Page of mine Recomended 3D Printers provides a list of the best 3D Printers available at present.
Recomended 3D Printers
Printrbot Simple Maker Edition Kit
PLA Filament, 1.75 mm Ubis Hot End, 4" x 4" x 4" Build Volume
XYZprinting Da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer
CTC 3D Printer
Dual Extruder + New Extruder + Dual Nozzle
UP! Mini 3D Desktop Printer
100-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 200W
FlashForge Creator 3D Printer
FlashForge 3d Printer Creator Pro
Metal Frame Structure, Acrylic Covers, Optimized Build Platform, Dual Extruder W/2 Spools, Works with ABS and PLA